Student Support – Accepted Student Information

It is our mission to make sure USC online students receive the support necessary for their academic goals. Available resources such as technology, faculty, classmates, and staff provide students with valuable guidance and promote success.

Below are key resources for our online students

Remote library

All students have full access to the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library, which has an extensive collection of materials relating to dentistry and oral health, as well as additional resources such as LexiComp, ClinicalKey, UpToDate, VisualDx, Study Aids, Stat!Ref, and AccessMedicine.

Pain Medicine and Pain Science students have access to the Norris Medical Library, which has an extensive collection on all aspects of bio-medicine and healthcare. The online website provides access to online electronic journals and books, a computer lab and classroom, videoconferencing, and instruction on use of information resources for research, education and clinical care.

Help Desk

The Ostrow Distance Learning Office (DLO) has implemented a HelpDesk which allows students to submit academic, administrative, and technical requests.

Faculty and Staff Communication

Access to faculty and staff is available through office hours, and scheduled one-to-on appointments. Please directly contact the faculty or staff member you would like to speak with for specific availability.

Publication Opportunities

Academic products of high quality (systematic and literature reviews or clinical case reports) are periodically submitted for publication in recognized journals.


We offer opportunities to visits our campus or our external facilities, as either part of the academic experience, or to compliment your training.

In-Person Requirements

    • A mandatory orientation and calibration session will be held during the last week of April for the accepted residents of the online program.
    • Accepted residents must sign a contract indicating the program will require approximately 18 – 24 hours per week.
    • During the first two years of the program, residents will engage in didactic course work, virtual and actual clinical care activities.
    • In the 3rd year, residents will concentrate on the capstone research project, prepare the final case presentation portfolio and any remediation activities necessitated by their performance in the summer knowledge assessment courses.
    • Pain Medicine and Pain Science students do not have an in-person component to the program.

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